- DEAR FRIEND:
- In my continuing zeal to
blow off steam on what must by now seam to you every imaginable topic, here’s
my take on the racism issue.
- In short, I don’t think
it’s any longer an issue in this country. It was when government policy
restricted races. But such is no longer the case.
- Nevertheless, there are
those who seem bent on making race headline news. How about the recent
settlement by Texaco for umpteen zillion dollars because someone in a board
room somewhere was overheard making racial slurs? This constant attempt by
some African American leaders in particular to make race a central issue in
U.S. affairs is an embarrassment to those who have long ago left race aside
and made the necessary sacrifice and expended the work to become successful.
Surely they want to he rightly credited for the success they have achieved,
and not have others in society believe it has come to them as a result of some
governmental policy that has given them an unfair advantage. Additionally, the
continuing suggestion that a certain race is a victim creates despair and
hopelessness, not initiative and confidence. It is a self-fulfilling
- Do some Caucasians not like
African Americans? Yes. Do some African Americans not like
Caucasians? Yes. Would some African American business people
rather hire African Americans than Caucasians? Yes. Would some
Caucasian business people rather hire Caucasians? Yes. Is some
governmental policy or program going to change the innate likes or dislikes of
- The American business
community is filled with disparity, and in fact thrives because of it.
I’ve seen all-Chinese, all-Vietnamese, all-Spanish, all-Greek, all-Jewish,
all-Italian, all-male, all-gay, all-young, all-old, ail-female and all-African
American businesses. Is this by accident’? No way. It’s
discrimination ipso facto. Why don’t Caucasians sue all-African American
businesses like African Americans sue the Caucasian businesses? Because
minorities have buffaloed the majority into believing that Caucasians as a
class have subjugated them. The Japanese can point to World War II
imprisonment, the Chinese to railroad labor oppression, and African Americans
can point to slavery. Well, whoever did that was guilty – not me. Anyone
can dig into their history and find abuse of ancestors. Does that give
us the right to special treatment by the descendents of our ancestor’s
subjugators? If I am Jewish and my neighbor a German, does he owe me?
No. We all have a right to judgement on our own merit, not on the
actions of a class to which we belong.
- The race issue has simply
become another excuse for our government to further entrench liberal
socialistic practices. By the socialist’s logic, no one should be better
off than anyone else and everyone should be equal and be treated equally in
all respects. This denies individuality and the inherent order in the
- Do we see homogeneity
anywhere in nature, as the race issue advocates would like us to believe
humans can achieve? Nowhere is this seen. Birds of a feather
flock together. There is a natural tendency for creatures to prefer to
associate with those most like them. And yes, only the strong survive.
- About the only way we are
going to achieve the homogeneity that the race issue advocates seem to want
would be for intermarriage to he mandated, and enough time to pass so that
everyone becomes gray. But then even grayness will not erase
differences, and people are going to have preferences about who they wish to
associate with. There is nothing that can be done about it.
- Race issue advocates would
attempt to lead us to believe that there are in fact no differences.
This is blatantly nonsense. There are myriad differences. There is
skin color, hair texture, facial features, body conformation, and capability
differences. As a passive observer I note
most African Americans have smaller calves than Caucasians (Does this have
something to do with the apparent increased ability of African Americana to
leap higher than most Caucasians? Perhaps. But so what?) and
Caucasians have smaller calves than the Chinese.
- There are also differences
in susceptibility to disease. For example, African Americans are more
susceptible to sickle cell anemia and high blood pressure than Caucasians.
Caucasians, on the other hand, have their more unique susceptibilities.
African Americans are more acclimated to tropical temperatures and constant
sun exposure, whereas Caucasians are more adapted to northerly latitudes.
Skin color, the amount of melanin in skin tissue, determines the skin’s
ability to absorb sunlight. African American absorbs less; Caucasian
- Now, if we can delineate a
whole list about physical differences between the races, is there any reason
not to believe that there might be some differences in aptitudes? Might
African Americans have different mental capabilities than Caucasians, and
Caucasians a different mental capability than Asians, and Asians a different
capability from Native American Indians? Why not? Brains can
differ just like skin color.
- If the race issue advocates
want to continue to push this supposed social problem in front of our noses
constantly, let’s expand our recognition of disparity and make sure that we
include all elements in society who are discriminated against for any reason.
Why should race be the only issue that requires “leveling the playing field”’?
- For example let’s eliminate
prejudice about age, weight, sex, comeliness, coordination, language,
regularity of the teeth, intellect, height, neighborhood, occupation, amount
of make-up, shape of the nose and color of the eyes, hairdos, dress, religion,
social group, ability to carry a tune, sense of humor, personality, shape of
the feet, shape of the buttocks, size of breasts or biceps, running speed...
and on and on the list could go, detailing every variable that exists among
humans. Do you think people are not discriminated against on the basis
of these features, just like they are supposedly discriminated against because
of race? Certainly they are. Do you think when someone hires
someone, or picks a mate or friend, or votes for a candidate, or moves into a
neighborhood, or chooses a school, that they don’t evaluate the spectrum of
variables and decide with prejudice those that they wish most to associate
with? Certainly they do. Is this prejudiced? Certainly it is.
Can we eliminate it from society? Absolutely not. If we try to, we
will consume the entire gross national product paying lawyers in
- It is heterogeneity within
nature and the ability of creatures to have the right to choose among the
variables which creates the potential for improvement. If there were not
such variation within nature, there could be no natural selection and no
improvement of the organism. Observe in nature how animals pick
and choose mates and strut their stuff to attract others. Choosing what
one personally perceives to be the best is simply a part of nature, and that
is not going to be eliminated by some government program such as affirmative
- If African American race
advocates wish to bemoan the fact that there are too few high level African
American executives, and use this as an argument in behalf of “affirmative
action,” then let’s be sure we aren’t prejudiced in its application. Why
not apply affirmative action to NBA basketball? It’s apparent that the
vast majority of first stringers on all NBA teams are African American.
Why not institute a government program that forces all NBA teams to put a
proportionate number of Caucasians on the first string, reflecting actual
population percentages? In this case there would be about 4 Caucasians
for every 1 African American. I’m not advocating this, I’m just
suggesting the ridiculousness of attempting to force business, for example, to
hire people with special emphasis and quotas put on skin color or race.
Why should we believe all businesses other than NBA teams (which are indeed
multimillion dollar businesses) choose to exclude African Americans which are
most qualified? If an African American was capable of making you more
money, would you turn them away?
- If we’re going to be “fair”
in the liberal affirmative action sense, then let’s not draw unfair arbitrary
lines. Let’s make English-speaking restaurants hire Spanish-speaking
waitresses, make sure homely people win beauty pageants, have vegetarians run
slaughterhouses, put African Americans in the Arctic and fair Caucasians in
the tropics, have a percentage of NFL linebackers be 90-year-old Caucasian
women under five feet tall, put those with lowest IQ’s in highest corporate
positions, have quadriplegics on our Olympic 100 meter dash team (and 1st
them win a certain percentage of time), have those who test low in mechanical
aptitude be mechanics, have older underweight men with osteoporosis play on
NHL defensive lines, 300-lb-young power lifters play shuffleboard, make sure
some who cannot carry a tune cut albums the rest of us are forced to buy, have
men attendants in women’s locker room and women attendants in the men’s, make
artists janitors and janitors artists, put those who have no technical or
mathematical skills in charge of the space shuttle control room and the blind
given equal opportunity as air traffic controllers. Why not? We’re all
equal, aren’t we?
- Now some might read this
and suggest that I am a “racist.” I guess I am if I believe that there
are differences between the different races of humans. I am not if it
means that you think I believe any human should be given an unfair advantage
over another by way of government mandate.
- What am I doing talking
about this in a health letter? I am because the issue is making me sick.
It is probably making a lot of other people sick too because we are in effect
attempting to achieve something that is impossible to achieve and to
accomplish this we are bastardizing the freedoms upon which this country was
formed and our liberty depends. Remove our individual liberty, change
our freedoms to socialism or fascism and the pursuit of health will become a
luxury pushed aside by a preoccupation with simple survival.
- CARBOHYDRATES AS A CAUSE OF OBESITY
- The current “wisdom” is to
place obese people on low fat, high carbohydrate diets. Although, as I discuss
in my book, The Synorgon Diet, How To Achieve Healthy Weight In A World Of
Excess, high fat can increase fat deposition in the body, the solution is
not really so simple as trying to find products with zero fat or less fat.
- Obesity is a disease that
is a consequence of extracting ourselves from our natural environmental roots.
Things we have done to our life style and our eating patterns that would never
be possible if we were in the wild, are ultimately the causes of obesity, as
well as the majority of all modern chronic degenerative diseases.
- The current high
carbohydrate pasta mania is an example of seemingly logical thinking that does
not apply correctly to a real complex situation such as obesity. In fact,
increasing carbohydrates may be the root cause of modern obesity.
- I say this because, first
off, it would not be possible in the wild to ever consume the levels of
carbohydrates that are presently eaten. Remember, all breads, pastas,
cereals and snacks are a result of modern agriculture. But agriculture has
only been a part of the human experience for about 10,000 years. Prior to
that, any carbohydrates that were consumed were only occasional fruits and
vegetables. Dense carbohydrate-laden seeds and grains would be almost
nonexistent in the diet.
- Research has now shown that
high carbohydrate diets lead to high levels of insulin. Insulin, as you may
recall, is used to properly process blood sugars derived from dietary
carbohydrates. The more carbohydrates you eat, the more insulin must be
secreted by the pancreas. Continued high loads of carbohydrates eventually can
lead to insulin resistance by tissues. This means the tissues no longer
respond well to insulin to uptake glucose into cells. As a result, the glucose
moves to the liver where it is metabolized into fatty acids which are then
stored as fats. Additionally, by continuing to flood the body with
carbohydrates, the fats that are eaten are more readily moved to fat depots,
rather than be utilized for energy.
- As insulin resistance of
tissues increases, blood sugar levels can increase which further stimulates
the pancreas to release more insulin to try to lower the blood sugar. This
creates a cycle of high blood sugar and high insulin and continued cravings
for carbohydrates because the tissues sense they are not being satisfied. Thus
we can actually develop a carbohydrate addictive behavior with continued
craving for sweets, snacks, juices and the like. Additional dangers to the
high insulin levels are an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and
hypertension. High insulin can cause the loss of important minerals such as
calcium, magnesium and potassium through the kidneys, and adversely affect the
blood lipoprotein levels by increasing LDL’s and decreasing HDL’s.
- With insulin resistance,
blood sugar levels increase and can compete with vitamin C to enter cells. The
end result of this is a chronic deficiency of vitamin C which is also linked
to a host of degenerative conditions including cardiovascular disease, and
immune suppression. (See Vol. 10, No. 5)
- What can be done about
this? Return to our natural environmental context in terms of lifestyle and
eating patterns. It has been shown that with increased exercise insulin
resistance is decreased. It has also been shown that by increasing the amount
of the omega-3 fatty acids which are more prevalent in natural raw foods,
insulin resistance is decreased. By returning the diet to its more natural
form which would include increasing levels of protein and raw vegetables, and
decreased amounts of processed starchy foods, insulin resistance can be
- This does not mean total
abstinence from carbohydrates, it means consuming them only in moderation.
More meals should consist of protein and vegetables only - with no side dishes
of pastas, breads and potatoes. Highly refined products such as fruit juices
and candies should be avoided as much as possible. Exercise should be a part
of every-day life, using a combination of aerobic and weight training
- Many people who have
converted to this diet have experienced dramatic relief from obesity when no
other dietary program worked, including the modern, low fat, high carbohydrate
one. It makes sense and can work if you will give it a try and stay with it.
Medical Hypotheses, May 1994: 307-312
Diabetes, December 1986:1383-1389
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, October 1991: 691-695
Journal of Clinical Invest, March 1985: 809-817
- HOW TO THROW AWAY YOUR GLASSES – MORE
- In a previous issue I
discussed how it is possible through a variety of eye exercises to greatly
improve vision (Vol.6, No.11.) Please refer to that
previous issue to supplement the things I discuss here.
- If you are diligent with
these exercises you can definitely improve your vision. Many people literally
have thrown away their glasses after a period of time regularly using such
- 1. Hold a pencil with clear
dark lettering on it out at arm’s length. Focus on the letters and slowly
bring the pencil toward the eyes continuing to focus until blurring occurs. Do
this exercise a series of 10 times.
- 2. Now place a clear black
dot on the side of the pencil, or you can even place a black dot on your
thumb. Cover one eye with your palm and move the dot around at arm’s length in
a variety of configurations: forward, backward, forming triangles, figure
eights and so forth-keeping the dot in focus. The size of the movement can be
increased and the speed increased as you improve on this.
- 3. Cut an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet
of paper into a square so it is 8-1/2 x 8-1/2. (See diagram below.)
Type on the paper the numbers 1 through 50, scattered randomly over the
paper. Then hold the paper as close to your eyes as you can so that you can
still see all edges of the paper.
- Then attempt to quickly
count through the numbers without having to shift the eyes to each number.
Count up to 50, then count from 50 back down to 1.
- 4. Draw two ovals with
black ink on white paper with a diameter of 8 x 10 ½. (See Graph below.) Tape
these to the wall at eye level. Stand as close to the wall as you can so that
you are able to see the outer boundaries of each circle. Then using your index
fingers on each hand trace the circle with your hands moving first out and
around the circles for a series of 10, and then in and around the circles for
a series of 10.
- The closer you get to the
circles and the faster you move your fingers, the greater the difficulty.
- 5. Hold your arms out to
each side at eye level with your index fingers pointed toward each other Look
at a point half way in-between your fingers and slowly move your fingers
toward each other, attempting to have them meet tip to tip. This can be done
with your fingers held out to the sides diagonally and vertically. Increasing
difficulty can be accomplished by widening the distance between your fingers
and increasing the speed as you attempt to cause them to meet. (See the
- If you do these exercises
in combination with the ones I discussed in Vol.6, No.11 two to three times a
week, you will definitely experience improvement. I have found, however, that
if you discontinue the exercises your eyes will tend to regress. So stick with
it. You will achieve results directly proportional to the effort. Such is
- If you would like a more
regimented program with video and prepared exercise aides these are available
from the Program For Better Vision, Cambridge Institute
For Better Vision: 1-800-372-3937
- Here are some thoughts
triggered by the recent election. Voting is not a privilege, it is a
responsibility. By that I don’t mean it is everyone’s duty to vote, rather it
is everyone’s duty to become informed enough to vote intelligently.
- But now, with elections
becoming little more than marketing hype, voting is more like an academy award
for the best movie star. For example, the majority of the American public have
now voted in as President someone who they largely feel cannot be relied upon
or trusted, according to a poll of the same voting public. When asked why they
voted this way, they said although the other major candidate was more honest
and trustworthy, he was too “mean” and unexciting. So this is how we vote into
power those who are entrusted to safeguard our liberty?
- Others voted this way
because they felt Senator Dole was going to shut down Medicare and essentially
throw the elderly out onto the street. When asked where they got this
information they remarked, “Well I heard it on TV.” (Gee, I guess it must be
true then!) Never mind that Medicare is going to be bankrupt and no one will
get any help within a few years if something is not done, or that the proposed
Republican changes are simply a reduction in the rate of escalation of costs
and not a “cut” in Medicare.
- This is not to get into all
the specific issues here, but to point out that we as a society are acting
- Here’s what needs to be
done. No person should be able to vote unless they can pass a candidate
literacy test. This brief test should be mailed to every eligible citizen in
the country giving them text to read on each candidate and questions to answer
before they fill out and mail in their voting ballot. (Why do we have to drive
to and stand in line at a voting booth?) As a preamble to the text covering
the positions of the candidates there would be a brief summary of what our
constitutional government is and voters should be tested on that as well. This
way everyone can see how candidates stack up to the constitution. If the voter
fails the test, their vote is voided.
- Now in conjunction with
this, all political advertising should be banned. Such advertising permits
demagoguery and outright lies and is fashioned to apply to the lazy intellect
of the populace and their inclination to be moved by superficial impressions
and gut reactions. This would then eliminate the huge cost of candidates
running for office and would put to rest the current debate on political
finance reform. The vast majority of dollars that are spent and solicited from
special interests who will want a pay-back if their candidate gets elected are
used primarily for the nonsensical advertising that is used, not to
intelligently inform, but to hoodwink the voting public. (As it stands now,
the vote of the most informed citizen voting for the candidate most likely to
protect constitutional government, counts no more than the vote of the
misinformed who has no idea what the constitution says and votes for the
candidate most likely to expand his welfare take.)
- If you get the sense that I
am disgusted with our present political course, you’re right. I don’t like
irrationality used by people in power and ignorance of the masses to shape my
right to liberty.
- When I get to be King of
the World I’m going to fix all this.
- ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS A DANGER
- I have reported in
previous Health Letters the possible danger from electromagnetic fields
generated by high power utility lines, wiring within homes and various common
appliances such as hair dryers and razors. Now the National Research Council
has proclaimed that we need not worry. A special arm of the council supposedly
analyzed some 500 studies representing 17 years of research and concluded that
electromagnetic fields pose no health hazard.
- In their analysis they say
there is no “credible” evidence. So they have evidently made a judgement on
that evidence which does suggest that there may be a health hazard, such as
increasing the risk of leukemia in children who live near power lines by 1-1/2
times. Thus here we have another situation where some experts say one thing
and other experts say another. Just because the National Research Council has
made a sweeping proclamation that they have examined all the studies and found
no “credible” evidence does not automatically dismiss the other side. There
are experts who vehemently disagree with the National
Research Council and experts on the Council who vehemently disagree with those
who say there is a danger. We can disagree with either side and therefore have
- But, we don’t need to do
that. By applying the principles continually outlined in the Health Letter
we can make our own judgement. I ask myself these questions: Can electricity
affect living tissue? Yes, there is no question within science about this. Is
living tissue electrical in nature? Yes, and there is no question within
science about this. Is an environment that enwraps us with various forms and
intensities of electromagnetic radiation a part of our genetic heritage? No,
it is not. My conclusion therefore is that since living tissue can be affected
by electromagnetic radiation and is inherently electric itself, and since we
are not genetically adapted to the forms of modern electromagnetic radiation
that surround us, we have good reason for suspicion.
- Better to be safe than
sorry. Our history over the past 200 years since the advent of technology is
replete with proclamations of safety, which are then retracted once a
sufficient number of people have been harmed. Unless you want to be an
experimental subject, any variance from our natural genetic heritage is a risk
regardless of what the “experts” say. It’s best to not be complacent about
these insidious dangers, but rather try to return as much as possible to our
natural environmental context.
Today, Friday, November 1, 1996
- FRUCTOSE GLUT
- We are genetically
adapted to consuming about 8 grams of fructose in the diet daily. This would
have come primarily from the consumption of fruit and honey in our wild
setting. But now with the use of high fructose corn syrup and sugar (sugar is
a disaccharide made up of glucose and fructose) to the tune of over 100 lbs.
per person per year, we now take in over 75 grams of fructose a day. That’s
about 10 times what we were genetically adapted to consume.
- Such imbalance can only
result in disease, a maladaptation syndrome. Similarly, what do you think
would happen if we received 10 times the dose of sunlight that we were
naturally adapted to receive? How about 10 times the oxygen or 10 times the
fat or protein, or water? Obviously an adverse reaction would occur.
- Such a sugar and fructose
glut manifests itself in premature aging, obesity, addictions, neuroses and
other behavioral disorders, and a susceptibility to the whole range of chronic
degenerative diseases plaguing today’s society.
- GINSENG/GERMANIUM TOXICITY
- Germanium is an ingredient
in many ginseng nutritional products. It is believed to have some anticancer
effects, but it also has been associated with chronic renal (kidney) failure.
Germanium is excreted almost entirely in the urine and can have detrimental
effects on the tubules of the kidneys if taken in long-term chronic dosages.
Germanium toxicity may lead to kidney disease, and in one reported case,
resistance of a patient to diuretic (fluid removal) therapy.
- This is yet another reason
to remember the principle I continually repeat. Anything can be toxic in
sufficiently high dosages or if given unrelentingly long-term. Give your body
a break and a chance to detoxify by alternating foods and supplements and
discontinuing their use periodically. Don’t become too over-enthused by
prospects of a particular substance turning you into a 16-year-old again.
Clinical Nephrology, 1989; 31:
Journal of the American Medical Association, August 28, 1996; 607
- SMOKE IN YOUR FACE TAKEN TO HEART
- In an American
Cancer Society prevention study it was found that non-smoking spouses who live
with smokers have a significant increase in risk of cardiovascular disease.
Most people now understand the increased risk of cancer by passively inhaling
smoke, but this evidence now shows there is a ten-fold greater chance of
increasing coronary heart disease mortality.
Certainly of no lesser significance is the fact that 50% of children in U.S.
households are exposed daily to environmental tobacco smoke.
Circulation 1996; 94: 622-28
- SELENIUM AND EPIDEMICS
- In 1995 an outbreak of
Ebola hemorrhagic fever occurred in Zaire. About 75% of the people infected
- Research is now suggesting
that the reason for the susceptibility of the people in Zaire was a deficiency
in the trace mineral selenium. Soils there are deficient in selenium. If the
soils are deficient, crops grown on those soils will also be deficient. It
seems that the Ebola virus has selenium-dependent genes which cause the virus
to mutate and spread aggressively when insufficient selenium is present in
- Other viruses such as the
coxsackie virus and the immunodeficiency virus may also be selenium-dependent.
In China, for example, the relatively benign coxsackie virus mutates into a
virulent strain because the tissues there are also chronically deficient in
selenium. Once mutated, these viruses can even infect those individuals with
adequate tissue levels of selenium.
- This is yet another piece
of evidence that disease is not so much an attack from outside, but rather a
breakdown or insufficiency of the defenses within. It is another reason why
agricultural soils should be cultured and replenished, rather than mined, and
a further justification for consuming organic foods and taking broad spectrum
vitamin and mineral supplementation.
Nutrition Reporter, September 1995, Jack Challem
- ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER AND LEAD
- Learning and behavior
disorders in children may not be due to a deficiency in Ritalin, but to an
excess of lead.
- Heavy metal poisoning, with
lead leading the list, is seldom considered by physicians who feel the threat
disappeared when paints and gasoline no longer used lead as an ingredient. But
decades of use of heavy metals in industry, gasoline, plumbing and paint have
accumulated in our environment and remain as a threat until they are removed.
People exposed to dust from old building renovations, those close to heavy
automobile traffic, and people working with lead storage batteries,
ammunition, or near shelters are especially at risk. Mothers will release lead
stored in their bones to the developing fetus.
- The results in children
include all of the behavioral problems that are normally addressed with side
effect-laden pharmaceuticals. This includes learning problems, decreased
concentration and organizational skills, and speech and language difficulty.
The problem is so important that the Centers for Disease Control recommends
that all children be tested for lead poisoning at 1 year of age and those who
live in older buildings be tested every six months.
Turning Lead Into Gold, by Nancy Hallaway, RN & Zigurts Strauts, MD, New Star
Books LTD, British Columbia, CANADA, 1995
- TREATING IRRATABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
- Irritable bowel syndrome is
a chronic intestinal disorder manifested by recurring symptoms of abdominal
pain, gas, and altered bowel habits such as diarrhea. One nutritionally
oriented physician recommends the following regimen: “Briefly, then, the
nutritional prescription for irritable bowel syndrome is as follows: Avoid
fatty meals and minimize the intake of refined sugars.
Try adding one teaspoon of psyllium twice daily for at least a few days if
dietary changes are ineffective. Finally, if psyllium also fails to be
helpful, eliminate common foods from the diet for a two-week trial. If
symptoms subside, add foods back slowly to identify the offenders.
Townsend Letter, April 1996:22
- L-CARNITINE FOR INFERTILITY
- L-carnitine is an amino
acid that assists in the transport of fatty acids across mitochondrial
membranes where they are utilized for energy production. It is an important
nutrient for the viability of male germ cells.
- In a study of 47 infertile
males given three grams of L-carnitine per day in divided doses for three
months, almost 79% responded favorably. All measures of fertility, including
sperm counts and motility, were significantly elevated.
Drugs Experimental Clinical Research, 1995; 21:157
- POP AND REBOUND CALCIUM DEFICIENCY IN
- Phosphoric acid found in
various soft drinks such as colas, is an important cause of low calcium in
children. It can result in muscle spasm, tetany, seizures, subnormal
intelligence, intestinal malabsorption, cardiovascular disorders, and in
adults, kidney stones and osteoporosis.
- In a study of 17 children,
aged 18 months to 1.4 years (What is wrong with parents’ heads, feeding
children of this age colas?) it was found that calcium levels were
significantly depressed as a result of the phosphoric acid resulting in a
calcium deficiency in these children.
Journal of Pediatrics, 1995; 126: 940
- FLAVONOIDS FOR ULCERS
- Helicobacler pylon
is a common etiological agent in gastric ulcers. Current recommendations for
treatment include aggressive antibiotic therapy. The danger here is that these
antibiotics are never selective and can disrupt normal gastrointestinal flora
resulting in secondary problems. Studies have now shown that flavonoids,
including quercetin, hesperidin, catechin and flavone, are effective in the
long-term management of Helicobacter pylon related ulcers. These
flavonoids appear to exert their effect by inhibiting histidine decarboxylase
as well as stimulating prostaglandin synthesis.
- Other studies have shown
that Menauka honey from New Zealand to inhibit Helicobacterpylori and
the use of ginger rhizome and licorice root will increase mucin production in
the different layers of the gastric mucosa to help protect and heal the
Wysong Health Letter, 10, 3:8
- PREGNANCY, NAUSEA AND VITAMIN B6
- Although it was suggested
almost a half a century ago that vitamin B6 may decrease nausea in pregnant
women, this application was questioned when a controlled scientific trial
found it to be ineffective for women who were hospitalized with nausea.
- Now a new study of 342
women who were suffering from pregnancy-related nausea (but not hospitalized)
were tested using 30 mg per day of oral pyridoxine (vitamin B6) or a placebo
for five days. Those who received the vitamin B6 had a significant reduction
in nausea and vomiting.
American Journal of Obstetric
Gynecology, 1995; 881-884
- IRON AND ZINC FOR BOILS
- Boils, also known as
staphylococca furunculosis, were shown in a clinical trial to respond to
treatment with iron supplementation. Those individuals who have boils have low
serum iron concentrations and the reduced ability to bind iron within serum.
- Iron, zinc, and several
other nutrients are known to enhance the immune system and thus may explain
this action of iron in resolving this refractory infection.
1990; 336: 464-466